New Labour Leader brings change to top team, while keeping continuity in health
Labour has elected the Rt Hon Keir Starmer MP (Holborn and St Pancras) as the new leader of the party, replacing Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP as Leader of the Opposition. He beat out his two competitors, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP and Lisa Nandy MP, by a wide margin.
Following his appointment, Sir Keir undertook a wide-ranging reshuffle of his Shadow Ministerial team, replacing almost more than three-quarters of shadow ministers. Major changes for the life sciences sector include:
- The return of Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP to frontline politics as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP moving from Shadow Foreign Secretary to Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
- Lisa Nandy MP, following her third place showing in the Labour Leadership election, has been promoted to Shadow Foreign Secretary
However, the departments most closely aligned with life sciences issues saw continuity rather than change. Jon Ashworth has remained in situ as Shadow Secretary of State for Health (picking up responsibility for shadowing Social Care to mirror the role held by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP), and Luke Pollard MP holds on to his role as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.